Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Person Within

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schizophrenia. Quite a few years ago, a resident in psychiatry told me that he had heard my name in medical school and that I had been quoted as saying, "Inside every fat man is a skinny schizophrenic." Although the statement is a distortion of Connolly's aphorism, it does reflect the growing recognition of the fact that developmental obesity is not only a problem of weight and calories, but also an expression of serious personality disturbance. Tampering with the weight of an obese youngster with personality problems carries with it the danger of exposing the schizophrenic core of his development.
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